Edinburgh University will be playing their football in the Lowland League next season after their application to join the set-up was approved.
Of the seven clubs that had submitted applications, only two have been successful, with the students of Edinburgh University being joined by Glasgow-based side Broomhill Sports Club in next season’s 14-team league.
Lowland League chairman Andrew Waddell confirmed that the East of Scotland Premier Division club are hoping to have planning permission granted that will allow their Peffermill facilities to be brought up to scratch in time for the start of new season.
There had been space in the league for up to four new teams but just two will make the step up next term. “Edinburgh University have membership of the SFA but they will be required to attain their licence by May 2015,” Waddell said. “The club has very ambitious plans and there is going to be a new ground in place, they hope, by August. We saw the plans and they will have a covered stand for 100 people, toilet facilities and the pitch will be turned 90 degrees. It will be fully enclosed, floodlit and will remain a grass pitch. The funding and plans are in place and they are confident that, assuming the contractors get the go-ahead, they will be playing on it next season.”
East of Scotland Premier Division champions Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale and Civil Service Strollers were among those reported to have applied to join the Lowland League, but Waddell said: “I’m not in a position to comment on individual cases but what I will say is that not all those clubs mentioned applied.”